Ki-96

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Ki-96
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Ki-96
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Description

The Ki-96 is a rank III premium Japanese twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.35.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 000 m600 km/h
Turn time24 s
Max altitude10 000 m
Take-off weight0 t

The Ki-96 is a generally smooth flyer and is characterized by its powerful armament, high speed, high climb rate, interceptor spawn and relatively good turn rate. All of these traits make for a solid interceptor that can shred through bombers like a hot Katana through wet Bamboo.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 568 553 10000 25.3 25.7 14.5 14.5 380
Upgraded 634 600 23.7 24.0 30.9 19.5

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
0 0 437 408 260 ~9 ~8
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 400 < 400 > 296

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear0 km/h
  • 12 mm steel plating in the nose
  • 16 mm steel plating behind the pilot
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks in the wings

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 500 Sl icon.png
RB4 800 Sl icon.png
SB840 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts210 000 Sl icon.png
Aces590 Ge icon.png
Research Aces710 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 250 / 260 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 148 / 148 / 148 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Airframe
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Cover
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ho5_belt_pack
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Mods weapon.png
ho5_new_gun
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ho203_new_gun

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Ki-96 is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm Ho-203 cannon, Nose-mounted (25 rpg)
  • 2 x 20 mm Ho-5 cannons, Chin-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Usage in battles

One should fly the Ki-96 in its stated role: interceptor. When engaging bombers, be sure to approach from oblique angles and never tail one, as you have no bulletproof glass to protect your pilot from snipes. While bombers with good aim can snipe you, you can do the same to their plane in seconds when you land your devastating 37 mm cannon and 20 mm cannon shots. If all you encounter are fighters, it can make for a decent Boom-&-Zoom aircraft with its good speed, climb rate and armament. As a general rule, never turn fight. While the Ki-96 has a good turn rate for a twin-engined fighter, it is out-turned by most of its opposition, and same goes for its speed. With these in mind, always try to engage fighters with an energy advantage, although be careful as the Ki-96's roll rate heavily stiffens above 400 Mp/h or 643 Kp/h, which makes it hard to control at high speeds.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful offensive armament all mounted in the centre of the plane
  • Guns have good ammo capacity
  • Fast, quicker than most Japanese planes at the same rank
  • Turns well for a twin-engined Fighter
  • High climb rate
  • Thin body means smaller profile to be fired at
  • Decent roll rate below 640 km/h
  • Responsive elevator
  • 360° cockpit view
  • Premium rewards

Cons:

  • Wings are littered with fuel tanks
  • Still outmaneuvered and outsped by most single-engined fighters
  • No bulletproof glass to protect the pilot from getting knocked out
  • Good cockpit visibility is hampered by a large amount of structural bars
  • Poor energy retention
  • Roll rate stiffens above 640 km/h
  • 37 mm cannon has relatively low muzzle velocity

History

The Ki-96 was a twin-engined heavy fighter developed by Kawasaki Aeronautics in 1942 after the success of their Ki-45 line. Like the Ki-45, it was a two-seat, twin-engined fighter with larger and more powerful Ha-112 radial engines to replace the Ki-45's Ha-104 engines. It was intended to replace the "Toryu's" for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service, but the Imperial Japanese Army Aviation Bureau insisted that it be converted to a single-seat fighter. The first prototype made retained the cockpit canopy intended for a two-seat fighter, and the next two prototypes were fitted with smaller canopies.

Despite showing performance exceeding estimates and having excellent handling, the Army's requirements had changed back to two-seat fighters, resulting in production and development on the Ki-96 being halted, with only three prototypes being made. However, the wings and tail unit would later go on to form the Ki-102 wings and tail.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Kawasaki Aircraft Industries (川崎航空機工業株式会社)
Biplane Fighters  Ki-10-I · Ki-10-I C · Ki-10-II · Ki-10-II C
Fighters  Ki-61-I ko · Ki-61-I otsu · Ki-61-I hei · Ki-61-I hei Tada's · Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II
  Ki-100 · Ki-100-II
Interceptors  Ki-45 ko · Ki-45 otsu · Ki-45 hei · Ki-45 tei
  Ki-96
  Ki-102 otsu
  Ki-108
Bombers  Ki-32
Captured  ␗Ki-45 hei/tei · ␗Ki-61-I otsu · ▃Ki-61-Ib

Japan twin-engine fighters and strike aircraft
Navy 
Land-based Fighter 
J1N  J1N1
J5N  J5N1
Army 
Ki-45  Ki-45 ko · Ki-45 otsu · Ki-45 hei · Ki-45 tei
Ki-83  Ki-83
Ki-96  Ki-96
Ki-102  Ki-102 otsu
Ki-108  Ki-108
Ki-109  Ki-109

Japan premium aircraft
Fighters  Hagiri's A5M4 · A7He1 · Ki-27 otsu Tachiarai
  Ki-44-II otsu · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅F4U-1A · Ki-100-II · Ki-44-I 34
  ▅Fw 190 A-5 · A7M1 (NK9H) · Ki-61-I hei Tada's · ▅P-51C-11-NT
  J2M4 Kai · A6M5 Ko · J2M5 · Ki-87 · J6K1
Twin-engine fighters  Ki-96
Jet fighters  F-86F-40 JASDF▅
Bombers  Ki-21-I hei · H8K3 · ▅B-17E